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telemarkdudeNice Easy Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2014


Cold front came in and dropped about an inch of snow. Low clouds were so thick I couldn't see more than about 20 feet. Cold and windy.
Posted Aug 30, 2014 12:23 am

ajberryGrizzly Gulch and round over 13,795'  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2014


Occasional snow squalls (interspersed with periods of sunshine). Up Grizzly Gulch, on to the ridge between Handies and Whitecross (the trail's route was rather snowed up); on to Handies; and then staying high -- 13,735 to 13,795. A tricky segment (50' of class 3 down climb on very bad rock) coming off the top of 13,795, NE. Over 13,502, and then an easy descent to Lk 13,323 via a nice, gravelly slope just beyond the 13,502 top. Made for a fine round.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 8:21 am

MadGrad96Handies  Sucess!


Three peaks in one day!
Posted Nov 1, 2013 7:56 am

alpineairEasy hike.  Sucess!


Short hike, killer views!
Posted Oct 28, 2013 10:58 am

DanielLFog and Sunshine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2013


Climbed from Grizzly Gulch (beautiful route), thick fog in the low valley and clear, sunny conditions higher up made it even better!
Posted Oct 9, 2013 12:34 am

ajsamuelUp Grizzly, down American.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2013


Camped night before at Grizzly, hiked up Grizzly in the morning and back down the American Basin side, continued along road back to the Grizzly TH. Nice hike, guessing around 10.3 miles RT. Too bad the weather was cloudy and wet.
Posted Aug 17, 2013 4:24 pm

SenadRFrom Grizzly Gulch   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2013


Nice easy hike.
Posted Aug 5, 2013 8:23 am

jrnewmannGrouse Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2013


We were on vacation in the area and decided to climb a 14er while we were there. Originally the plan was to climb Uncompahgre after driving over engineer pass but we realized near Animas Forks that the drive would be too long, so I checked the map and found the Grouse Gulch trail. We parked near Animas Forks and began to climb quite steeply for several miles, topping out on a 13000+ foot ridge, before promptly dropping 800+ feet to meet up with the American Basin Trail to the top. I believe our overall elevation gain was about 4000 feet, and it felt like it, but this is not a difficult mountain to climb. We cruised right up the American Basin Trail after joining it and summitted before 10 AM. Visibility was remarkably good, especially considering the fires going on nearby, so I was overall extremely satisfied with my first Colorado Fourteener - it certainly won't be my last! Grouse Gulch is a poor and relentless trail but I recommend it if you are looking to add a little extra challenge to your hike, and appreciate some solitude in gorgeous country along the way, we didn't see a soul until we met the main trail.

Thanks for a great time Colorado!
Posted Jul 7, 2013 10:18 pm

s_tuning@msn.comNice Hike with my dog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2011


Very nice hike, Dog had a fantastic time playing in the lake. Wildflowers were in full bloom and the views were fantastic.
Posted Jan 19, 2013 4:27 pm

FletchNice day out...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011


with the wifey...
Posted Dec 28, 2012 3:41 pm

I like it on topAmerican Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2012

I like it on top

Took advantage of the lack of snow and had a great day for the beginning of November.
Posted Nov 5, 2012 8:22 am

milanWeekend in San Juans  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2009
There was awesome weather in Boulder and I was working on Saturday. At one moment, I looked out, smelled the autumn air and could not resist. I took my car, bought food, put my gear in and drove to Grizzly Gulch. The beauty was breathtaking, all aspens were golden.
Posted Oct 18, 2012 6:34 pm

cftbqAn easy one for last  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012


Took the American Basin route so my wife could come along. My 54th 14er, my daughter's 53rd. Gorgeous day, absolutely incredible views.
Posted Sep 17, 2012 4:05 pm

Alex WoodAmerican Basin Adventure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2012

Alex Wood

Left Flagstaff at 6pm to do this. We got into Silverton around 1:45am Colorado time. We went up the wrong 110 due to a lack of map and went up to Hurricane Pass (yikes!!). Finally got up to Cinnamon Pass and to the American Basin TH by 4:15am and then just decided to go for the summit at that point. Got to the top by 6:30am and took a nap with sleeping bags in the grassy summit till 10am. The road to American Basin from Silverton is gnarly and require 4wd. We used it mulitple times. Pretty area!
Posted Aug 12, 2012 1:59 am

HyadventureTriumph at Last..   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2012


After being turned away last year by lightening at 13,600' I was anxious to conquer this litte bitch.. Via GG
Posted Jul 18, 2012 10:36 pm

Matt LemkeFrom Grizzly Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2012

Matt Lemke

Beautiful afternoon hike. I started at 2pm and had the summit all to myself with gorgeous clouds, lighting and conditions.
Posted Jun 15, 2012 12:02 pm

alpine345with Becky  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 1993


Standard route from Amer. Basin
Posted May 17, 2012 5:21 pm

vsand55Easy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2011


Hiked up with Sean and Johnny.
Posted May 11, 2012 9:24 am

letourneau41Handies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2000
1st 14er
Posted May 8, 2012 1:48 pm

billscherzSpring Skiing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2012


Approached from Grouse Gulch. Got a summit ski descent all the way back to the truck.
Posted Apr 26, 2012 8:55 am

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